Lucy McRae: Body Architect

Exhibition and Shows

14 Nov 2019 to 9 Feb 2020

How will technology transform the body? Lucy McRae – body architect, designer and science-fiction artist – contemplates this question through film and images in her exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.

The first survey exhibition of McRae’s provocative and beguiling work, Lucy McRae: Body Architect traverses the Australian artist-designer’s numerous concerns – from art to commerce, science to popular culture – by showcasing her collaborations with brands, scientists and pop musicians alongside her creative research practice over the past thirteen years.

Featured in the exhibition are McRae’s grotesquely beautiful colour digital images created with Dutch textile artist Bart Hess between 2007 and 2009. McRae and Hess use low-tech materials – including balloons, pantyhose, safety pins, grass and bath foam – to initiate high-tech conversations on the body. By speculating on fictional technology, McRae and Hess propose a future human body capable of physiological transformations, including colour-excreting skin and needle-like pores.

Also featured in the exhibition are McRae’s music videos for Australian band Architecture in Helsinki and Danish group Reptile Youth. McRae’s collaboration with Swedish pop star Robyn is represented by McRae’s image for the cover of Robyn’s 2010 album Body Talk.


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Event Times

14 Nov 2019 to 9 Feb 2020

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